If This Isn't Nice, What Is?

If This Isn't Nice, What Is?

The Graduation Speeches and Other Words to Live by

Book - 2016
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Best known as one of America's most astonishing and enduring contemporary novelists, Kurt Vonnegut was also a celebrated commencement address giver. If This Isn't Nice, What Is? collects the speeches and words of wisdom Vonnegut has shared with new graduates over the years. This much-expanded edition now includes a total of 15 of Vonnegut's speeches. In each, Vonnegut takes pains to find the few things worth saying and a conversational voice to say them in that isn't heavy-handed, pretentious or glib, but funny, serious and joyful.
Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, [2016]
Edition: (Much) expanded second edition
ISBN: 9781609806972
Branch Call Number: 825 V94i1
Characteristics: xix, 187 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Wakefield, Dan


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“True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country,” The horror! Kurt Vonnegut was known for his charming and kind graduation speeches to American youth, and this collection gathers some of the best.

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Nov 08, 2016

Wise and funny. Wish all candidates in the US presidential election would read this collection of Vonnegut's talks. The title comes from something his Uncle Alex said often when sitting around with friends and family. Vonnegut explains this, and he obviously used it a lot in his own life. Uncle Alex was wise too.

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